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DESERT STORM : Desert solar energy plan at strategy crossroads

by Matthew Allen, swissinfo.ch August 9, 2013 – 11:00 An ambitious multinational project to tap into the solar energy potential of North African and Middle Eastern deserts is facing a…

Asylum centre spat : Minister urges common sense in asylum policy

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch August 9, 2013 – 18:05 Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga has dismissed accusations by human rights groups of discriminatory restrictions against asylum seekers. Rules declaring certain…

Oprah Winfrey says racist retailer denied her look at $40K bag

Racism is alive and well, said media mogul Oprah Winfrey in an interview this week on Entertainment Tonight. And as proof, she recounted her own recent Zurich, Switzerland, shopping shame…

Switzerland: Permanently Provisional: Foreigners stuck in an asylum limbo

by Stefania Summermatter, swissinfo.ch August 8, 2013 – 11:00 Over the last ten years, Switzerland has given more than 43,000 asylum seekers the provisional right to remain. But many cannot…

War and revolution stimulate creative minds

August 03, 2013 Childhood memories of wartime Lebanon and street scenes from revolutionary Cairo: Lena Merhej and Mohamed Shennawy embody a trend in contemporary Arab graphic novels that draws its…

IMAM TRAINING: Aspiring imams urged to follow Swiss traditions

by Christian Raaflaub, swissinfo.ch July 31, 2013 – A few months ago it was announced that Swiss universities would start training imams. Antonio Loprieno, leader of a working group on…

‘Willpower’ needed for long summer days

July 31, 2013 Swissinfo.ch Ramadan, the ritual Muslim fasting, is taking place. The challenge for those who are celebrating it in Europe are the longer days in which they have…

Swiss alcohol consumption declines

by Susan Vogel-Misicka, swissinfo.ch July 30, 2013 – 19:59 Sales of alcoholic beverages in Switzerland are at their lowest level in about 60 years. However, the authorities caution that it’s…

Switzerland: Royal birth: Bear knocks royal baby off front page

by Thomas Stephens, swissinfo.ch July 23, 2013 – 11:12 The Swiss media have reported the birth of Britain’s new prince, but without the feverish full-page coverage of their British counterparts,…

PULLING BACK: ICRC cuts activities in Afghanistan

July 23, 2013 – 20:08 After the attack on its Jalalabad office in May, the Swiss-run International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reduced the scope of its activities…

BECOMING SWISS: Naturalisations continue to fall

July 18, 2013 – 21:41 The number of people who became Swiss citizens in 2012 dropped seven per cent over the previous year, according to the latest numbers from the…

Switzerland: MYSTERIOUS DECLINE: Asylum demands drop away

July 16, 2013 – 22:08 Asylum requests in Switzerland fell by almost by a third during the first six months of the year when compared with figures for the same…

Empty coffers? Church tax issue divides Swiss Catholics

by Terence MacNamee, swissinfo.ch July 17, 2013 – 11:00 Campaigns to abolish church tax on companies have triggered a wide-ranging debate on state support for religion in Switzerland. The future…

DEGROWTH ACTIVIST: ‘Live simply to let others simply live’

by Samuel Jaberg, swissinfo.ch July 14, 2013 – 11:00 Mirko Locatelli is a hardline critic of consumerism and the Western ideology of growth. The native Italian speaker, who lives in…

SALARY STUDY: Swiss teachers among highest paid worldwide

July 7, 2013 – 16:56 swissinfo.ch Teachers in Switzerland earn more than teachers in 34 other countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to results of…

NO DRAIN? ‘Immigration leads to a healthier state’

by Scott Capper, swissinfo.ch July 2, 2013 – 21:59 Contrary to common perceptions, immigrants to Switzerland are net contributors to the country’s tax coffers rather than a drain, according to…

The service that wasn‘t – Catholic priests withdraw from joint mass

Two Roman Catholic priests withdrew at the last moment from taking part in a celebration of the Eucharist, which was supposed to have been conducted by clergy from a range…

OIL KING: Controversial commodity trader Marc Rich dies

by Matthew Allen in Zurich, swissinfo.ch June 26, 2013 – 11:38 Marc Rich, the billionaire oil trader who set up Swiss commodities giant Glencore Xstrata, has died at the age…